Confronted By Stephen Colbert, James Franco Vows, “If I’ve Done Something Wrong, I will Fix It. I Have To”


Just hours after the New York Times canceled a scheduled TimesTalk with James Franco, Late Show host Stephen Colbert pressed the Disaster Artist star and director on sexual harassment allegations that emerged on Twitter Sunday following his Golden Globe win.screen_shot_2018-01-09_at_9_08_48_pm


Franco, among other stars at the Globes, wore a Time’s Up pin in support of sexual harassment and assault awareness which sparked criticism online and a number of claims by women on Twitter that Franco had sexually harassed them. Colbert, who shot his show earlier that day before Franco’s TimesTalk was officially canceled, pressed the actor on the issue and what he thought of the current #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.


“First, I want to say that I do support it. Look, I was so excited to win but being in that room that night was incredible. It was powerful. I support change,” Franco said.


During the Golden Globes telecast, several women accused Franco of sexual misconduct on Twitter. In one tweet, actress Violet Paley claimed that the actor once forced her to perform oral sex on him, and that he had asked one of her friends to “come to your hotel” when she was 17. Paley later tweeted that Franco had, several weeks previously, apologized over the phone for past conduct to herself and “a few other girls.”

When asked about the allegations against him, Franco told Colbert, “There were some things on Twitter, I haven’t read them. I’ve heard about them.” He then addressed claims, since deleted, made by Ally Sheedy, who Franco directed in a Broadway play in 2014. “I have no idea what I did to Ally Sheedy,” said Franco. “I have total respect for her. She took the tweet down, I can’t speak for her.”


“The others, in my life I pride myself on taking responsibility for what I’ve done,” Franco continued. “The things I heard are not accurate, but I completely support people coming out because they didn’t have a voice for so long. I don’t want to shut them down in anyway. I think its a good thing and I support it.”


Franco reiterated his intentions to make things right. “I can’t live if there’s restitution to be made,” he said. ” If I’ve done something wrong, I will fix it. I have to. I don’t know what else to do. As far as the bigger issue of how we do it, I really don’t have the answers. I think the point of this whole thing is that we listen. I’m here to listen and learn and change my perspective where it’s off. I’m completely willing and want to.”

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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